Great Western Adventure

Shorts stories inspired by a place created by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in celebration of his bicentenary.

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Great Western Adventure

Shorts stories inspired by a place created by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in celebration of his bicentenary.

3/5.

God's Wonderful Railway

By Hattie Naylor, read by Sheila Hannon.

If you've got the sort of face that encourages people to talk to you - even complete strangers, or ghosts - then the train journey through Brunel's Box tunnel can be an unsettling place - a place filled with the stories of the men who built it.

AR20060406

Great Western Adventure

Short stories inspired by places created by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in celebration of his bicentenary.

4/5.

Exit, Stage Left

By Helen Dunmore, read by Renu Brindle.

The Camera Obscura in Bristol gives you an amazing view of the city, and especially of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, built by Brunel.

Zsa Zsa's friend Manjit has a summer job there, and invites her in after hours.

The view of the bridge is extraordinarily clear in the moonlight.

But they see something Zsa Zsa has to try to forget.

AR20060407

Great Western Adventure

Shorts stories inspired by a place created by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in celebration of his bicentenary.

5/5.

Coursework

By Steve May, read by Lisa Coleman.

Zoe has left college in a hurry to get back home, over the Tamar bridge.

The train stops on the bridge and makes her feel unsteady - it's too high, and there's nothing to catch you, should you fall.

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Shorts stories inspired by a place created by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in celebration of his bicentenary.

1/5.

London Terminal

By Richard Francis, read by Rupert Wickham.

Colin is waiting for his train at Paddington Station.

A hypochondriac fixated by his body and its imagined ills, his obsession colours the way he reacts to a fellow passenger.

AR02Mr Brunel's Sounding Arch20060404

Written and read by Mavis Cheek.

Agnes and Bernard have been married for 40 years.

In celebration, Bernard has arranged a special trip - a boat trip under Brunel's Bridge at Maidenhead.

It should be romantic, but Agnes has her doubts.